Maria Smith is a Cicero native and has been a member of the Morton College Academic Advising team since 2005. She became a Morton College alumnus in 2008, obtaining her Associate in Liberal Studies Degree. She then attended National Louis University where she received her Bachelor’s in Applied Behavioral Science. She is a very optimistic and happy person. Maria is a single mother of three. Having children at such a young age, Maria continued to work and go to school. No matter how long it was going to take her, she was determined to get her degrees and make something of herself for her children. Maria strongly believes that life will definitely throw obstacles at you, but do not let that be your excuse for giving up. Your foot is in the door now--just keep moving forward. Maria is very passionate about helping her students become a Morton College success story.